Daily Archives: May 1, 2019

2019-05-01: News Headlines

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-05-01). Iran Rejects All Negotiations but Signals Domestic Differences: Its Confidence Remains Intact in the Face of Severe Sanctions. globalresearch.ca Despite the positive approach by Iran Foreign Minister Jawad Zarif proposing a humanitarian exchange of prisoners between Washington and Tehran (in an attempt to break the stalemate and ease the current tension), Iranian Speaker Ali Larijani and 'Iranian Revolutionary Guard …

ZeroHedge (2019-04-30). Blackwater Founder Calls For 5,000 Mercenaries to Topple Maduro. mintpressnews.com As if the past months of US push for regime change in Venezuela with officials like Elliott Abrams of Iran-Contra conviction infamy at the helm wasn't bizarre enough, things just got weirder, as Erik Prince has apparently been pitching a plan around Washington to privatize US coup efforts using his latest Blackwater inspired mercenary empire. | According to Reuters, Prince — the brother of billionaire Education Secretary Betsy DeVos who has over the past years since selling his mired-in-controversy Blackwater group (now Academi) revived his mercenary empire in China in the form of Frontier Services Group (F…

United Nations (2019-04-30). Tuesday's Daily Brief: Guterres calls for restraint in Venezuela, Jazz Day, the importance of breastfeeding, and updates from Libya, Iran and Mozambique. un.org This Tuesday, we cover: the cost of almost one month of fighting in Libya's capital; humanitarian responses in Iran and Mozambique following devastating storms and rains; Guterres calls for calm in Venezuela; how breastfeeding can prevent obesity in children; and a very jazzy celebration…

Akio Matsumura (2019-04-30). When will Californians wake up to the Risk to Children from Nuclear Radiation? dissidentvoice.org On March 7, the Inter Press Service (IPS) published my article, "Eight Years on, Fukushima Still Poses Health Risks for Children," and I am very gratified to learn that it was the second most popular article published in IPS News that week. It also appears that many readers were surprised to learn that removal of …

Consortiumnews (2019-04-29). PATRICK LAWRENCE: The US Moves on Iran's Oil Market as an Expression of an Irrational Foreign Policy. consortiumnews.com Patrick Lawrence gauges the backfiring potential of Pompeo's withdrawal on Thursday of U.S. sanction waivers from eight major importers. A Decisive Defeat in Long-Running Battle with Foreign Policy Minders By Patrick Lawrence Special to Consortium News Secretary of State Mike… Read more →

RT (2019-04-29). US Navy admits Iranian drone footage of aircraft carrier is genuine by saying it's 'years old'. rt.com The US Navy has claimed that close-up footage released by Iran of an American aircraft carrier operating in the Persian gulf is "several years old," tacitly acknowledging that the audaciously captured images are genuine.

unitedEditor (2019-04-29). Nur-Sultan talks, Spanish elections, Kim in Russia. uwidata.com Nur-Sultan peace talks The 12th round of negotiations on the Syrian crisis between Turkey, Iran and Russia took place in Kazakhstan. The participating countries conducted intensive consultations in a bilateral and trilateral format. The guarantors of the Astana process hope to help UN Special Envoy Geir Pedersen initiate a Constitutional Committee, but some questions remain …

CounterSpin (2019-04-26). Tina Vasquez on Covering Immigration, Sina Toossi on Iran Sanctions. fair.org Media…

Consortiumnews (2019-04-26). Consortium News' Record on Russiagate—How CN Covered the 'Scandal': No. 7: 'Russiagate Is No Watergate or Iran-Contra'. consortiumnews.com Many comparisons have been made between Russiagate and the earlier scandals of Watergate and Iran-Contra, but the similarities are at best superficial, explained Robert Parry on June 28, 2017. On CNN last week Carl Bernstein astonishingly said that the Mueller… Read more →

United Nations (2019-04-26). Chernobyl nuclear disaster-affected areas spring to life, 33 years on. un.org More than three decades after the devastating explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, parts of Belarus' adjoining regions have sprung back to life and the biggest of them, Homiel, has become a leading destination for domestic and international investors.

unitedEditor (2019-04-26). Results of the Syria peace talks in Nur-Sultan. uwidata.com The twelfth round of the Syria negotiations (the so-called "Astana format") was held in Kazakhstan`s capital Nur-Sultan. On Thursday, the Ritz Carlton hosted a closed meetings of participants. Delegations from Russia, Turkey and Iran (the guarantors of the "Astana" process) held intensive talks in a bilateral and trilateral format. Representatives of Damascus, the Syrian opposition …

Lilly Dragnev (2019-04-19). As Trump Angles for War with Iran, Congress Needs to Reassert its War Powers. peaceaction.org It's no news that the U.S.-Iran relationship has taken a turn for the worse under President Trump's leadership. Employing a strategy straight out of the Bush administration's Iraq War playbook, the Trump administration has advanced misleading, demonizing narratives about Iran from day one, laying the rhetorical groundwork for another catastrophic war of choice in the …

Ben Norton (2019-04-19). Instagram Acts as Arm of US Govt, Bans Top Iranian Officials After IRGC 'Terrorist' Designation. thegrayzone.com Top Iranian government officials were suspended from Facebook-owned Instagram just hours after Trump dubbed the IRGC a "terrorist" organization. By…

Ed Rampell (2019-04-19). "Red Joan," Promising a Soviet Spy Thriller, Underdelivers. progressive.org At the height of the Cold War, five members of Britain's nuclear program passed secrets along to the USSR.

Peace Action (2019-02-20). Statement of Pro-Diplomacy Groups Regarding U.S. Policy Toward Iran. peaceaction.org Pro-diplomacy groups representing millions of American voters urge lawmakers to publicly articulate and support the following principles with respect to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that verifiably blocks each of Iran's pathways to a nuclear weapon and created a much-needed diplomatic relationship between Iran, the United States, and U.S. allies: Support for the JCPOA and …

2019-05-01: Social Media Postees

Iran Rejects All Negotiations but Signals Domestic Differences: Its Confidence Remains Intact in the Face of Severe Sanctions
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-01
Despite the positive approach by Iran Foreign Minister Jawad Zarif proposing a humanitarian exchange of prisoners between Washington and Tehran (in an attempt to break the stalemate and ease the current tension), Iranian Speaker Ali Larijani and 'Iranian Revolutionary Guard …
globalresearch.ca/iran-rejects-all-negot…

Blackwater Founder Calls For 5,000 Mercenaries to Topple Maduro
ZeroHedge | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-30
As if the past months of US push for regime change in Venezuela with officials like Elliott Abrams of Iran-Contra conviction infamy at the helm wasn't bizarre enough, things just got weirder, as Erik Prince has apparently been pitching a plan around Washington to privatize US coup efforts using his latest Blackwater inspired mercenary empire. | According to Reuters, Prince — the brother of billionaire Education Secretary Betsy DeVos who has over the past years since selling his mired-in-controversy Blackwater group (now Academi) revived his mercenary empire in China in the form of Frontier Services Group (F…
mintpressnews.com/blackwater-erik-prince…

Tuesday's Daily Brief: Guterres calls for restraint in Venezuela, Jazz Day, the importance of breastfeeding, and updates from Libya, Iran and Mozambique
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-30
This Tuesday, we cover: the cost of almost one month of fighting in Libya's capital; humanitarian responses in Iran and Mozambique following devastating storms and rains; Guterres calls for calm in Venezuela; how breastfeeding can prevent obesity in children; and a very jazzy celebration…
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/04/1…

When will Californians wake up to the Risk to Children from Nuclear Radiation?
Akio Matsumura | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-30
On March 7, the Inter Press Service (IPS) published my article, "Eight Years on, Fukushima Still Poses Health Risks for Children," and I am very gratified to learn that it was the second most popular article published in IPS News that week. It also appears that many readers were surprised to learn that removal of …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/04/when-will-cal…

Nur-Sultan talks, Spanish elections, Kim in Russia
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-04-29
Nur-Sultan peace talks The 12th round of negotiations on the Syrian crisis between Turkey, Iran and Russia took place in Kazakhstan. The participating countries conducted intensive consultations in a bilateral and trilateral format. The guarantors of the Astana process hope to help UN Special Envoy Geir Pedersen initiate a Constitutional Committee, but some questions remain …
uwidata.com/3237-nur-sultan-talks-spanis…

US Navy admits Iranian drone footage of aircraft carrier is genuine by saying it's 'years old'
rt.com | 2019-04-29
The US Navy has claimed that close-up footage released by Iran of an American aircraft carrier operating in the Persian gulf is "several years old," tacitly acknowledging that the audaciously captured images are genuine. | …
rt.com/news/457839-us-navy-iran-drone-fo…

PATRICK LAWRENCE: The US Moves on Iran's Oil Market as an Expression of an Irrational Foreign Policy
consortiumnews.com | 2019-04-29
Patrick Lawrence gauges the backfiring potential of Pompeo's withdrawal on Thursday of U.S. sanction waivers from eight major importers. A Decisive Defeat in Long-Running Battle with Foreign Policy Minders By Patrick Lawrence Special to Consortium News Secretary of State Mike… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/04/29/patrick-la…

Tina Vasquez on Covering Immigration, Sina Toossi on Iran Sanctions
CounterSpin | fair.org | 2019-04-26
Media…
fair.org/home/tina-vasquez-on-covering-i…

Consortium News' Record on Russiagate–How CN Covered the 'Scandal': No. 7: 'Russiagate Is No Watergate or Iran-Contra'
consortiumnews.com | 2019-04-26
Many comparisons have been made between Russiagate and the earlier scandals of Watergate and Iran-Contra, but the similarities are at best superficial, explained Robert Parry on June 28, 2017. On CNN last week Carl Bernstein astonishingly said that the Mueller… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/04/26/russia-gat…

Results of the Syria peace talks in Nur-Sultan
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-04-26
The twelfth round of the Syria negotiations (the so-called "Astana format") was held in Kazakhstan`s capital Nur-Sultan. On Thursday, the Ritz Carlton hosted a closed meetings of participants. Delegations from Russia, Turkey and Iran (the guarantors of the "Astana" process) held intensive talks in a bilateral and trilateral format. Representatives of Damascus, the Syrian opposition …
uwidata.com/3220-results-of-the-syria-pe…

Chernobyl nuclear disaster-affected areas spring to life, 33 years on
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-26
More than three decades after the devastating explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, parts of Belarus' adjoining regions have sprung back to life and the biggest of them, Homiel, has become a leading destination for domestic and international investors.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/04/1…

Instagram Acts as Arm of US Govt, Bans Top Iranian Officials After IRGC 'Terrorist' Designation
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2019-04-19
Top Iranian government officials were suspended from Facebook-owned Instagram just hours after Trump dubbed the IRGC a "terrorist" organization. By…
thegrayzone.com/2019/04/18/instagram-us-…

As Trump Angles for War with Iran, Congress Needs to Reassert its War Powers
Lilly Dragnev | peaceaction.org | 2019-04-19
It's no news that the U.S.-Iran relationship has taken a turn for the worse under President Trump's leadership. Employing a strategy straight out of the Bush administration's Iraq War playbook, the Trump administration has advanced misleading, demonizing narratives about Iran from day one, laying the rhetorical groundwork for another catastrophic war of choice in the …
peaceaction.org/2019/04/19/as-trump-angl…

"Red Joan," Promising a Soviet Spy Thriller, Underdelivers
Ed Rampell | progressive.org | 2019-04-19
At the height of the Cold War, five members of Britain's nuclear program passed secrets along to the USSR.
progressive.org/dispatches/red-joan-ramp…